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JKumar, Parsvnath move SAT against shell company tag

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

A number of companies, including JKumar Infraprojects and Parsvnath Developers, today approached the Securities Appellate Tribunal against classifying them as "shell companies".

defended the move even as several other firms are expected to take similar recourse and challenge the regulator's decision asking stock exchanges to restrict trading in 331 firms referred to it by the for being "suspected shell companies".

These companies are seeking stay on trading restrictions.

has asked the exchanges to restrict trading in of 331 such companies, some of which have by several well-known domestic and foreign investors.

On Tuesday, many of the companies tagged annual reports and other financials along with their filings to press upon the exchanges that they are not shell companies and are in compliance with all regulations.

"We are shocked to find our company's name amongst the list of suspected shell companies as a result of which, our equity ..Are being shifted to GSM VI on the stock exchanges.

"As a result, our company's securities may be traded only once in a month on a trade to trade basis and Sebi has envisaged a "financial audit" thereby implicitly castigating us and tarnishing our reputation," had said on Tuesday.

had also said it is not a shell company by any "stretch of imagination".

yesterday said it is not a shell company and suspicion of the regulator is uncalled for.

"Our company's compliance track record both with the exchanges and Registrar of Companies have been impeccable".

In a communication sent to the BSE, the NSE and the Metropolitan Stock Exchange on Monday, Sebi had asked them to keep the 331 in stage six of the Graded Surveillance Mechanism (GSM) with immediate effect.

These entities would be subject to independent audit and if required, forensic audits could also be initiated to check their credentials.

Apart from initiating a "process of verifying the credentials/ fundamentals of such companies", the exchanges have also been asked to appoint an independent auditor to carry out audit of these entities. If necessary, even forensic audit could be ordered to verify their credentials and fundamentals.

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First Published: Wed, August 09 2017. 19:28 IST